After the introduction of broadband services, cellular network technology made it possible for people to access data from anywhere in the world. Owing to this, you can browse the Web, watch your favorite TV show, or engage in a video call even while traveling. With the innovation of second and third generation cellular networks, what earlier seemed a distant possibility is now transformed into reality. The third generation network received a good response initially. However, problems like network congestion, speed issues, and connectivity problems began to emerge.
4G network in India
The solution to this came in the form of fourth generation network services. This cellular network technology is ten times faster than third generation network, thereby offering optimal speed and connectivity. However, ensuring that the network carrier you choose offers the right fourth generation technology is important. You may probably have heard about this network but may not have imagined that it encompasses different types of technologies like LTE (Long Term Evolution), HSPA+21/42, and WiMAX. From these, LTE has been proven to impress with both its upload as well as download speeds. This type of fourth generation technology has the ability to transfer data quickly over airwaves. The latency rate is also lower for LTE. Therefore, since the time taken for a data packet to reach the specific destination on LTE is faster, you will not face fluctuations in connectivity even while traveling. Therefore, opt for a carrier that offers fourth generation-LTE.
Moreover, your data plan performance will depend heavily on the spectrum owned by your chosen carrier. The larger the amount of spectrum owned across different bands, the better will be the network coverage and speed offered by the carrier. Also, check whether the fourth generation-LTE brand you opt for offers the VoLTE feature. VoLTE, which stands for Voice over LTE, makes it possible for you to engage in high-definition voice calls over a fourth generation network.
Airtel versus Jio 4G data plans
The leading fourth generation (4G) network service providers in India like Airtel and Jio offer a varied number of plans increase their customer base. The Airtel 4G plan prices are different in North India and South India. If you examine the plan for Trivandrum (South India), you will notice that prices are considerably different from places like Haryana (North India). Trivandrum’s 10 GB prepaid plan is priced at Rs. 1,846, with a validity of 28 days. The 10.5 GB prepaid plan in Haryana is available for Rs. 1,399, which is valid for 28 days. Jio’s 10 GB prepaid plan, however, is priced at Rs. 999 and is also valid for 28 days. The 300 MB prepaid plan by Airtel offered in Trivandrum costs Rs. 72 and is valid for 7 days. However, the 300 MB plan by Jio is priced at Rs. 149, with a validity of 28 days.
These plans will give you clarity on the right data plan that you should be opting for your specific needs. Note that Airtel’s 4G data plans and prices vary depending on the cities, while Jio has seven main plans to choose from. Both these brands offer in the postpaid as well as prepaid categories. Airtel is currently promoting its new offer myPlan Infinity. Through myPlan Infinity, postpaid users can avail of free voice calls along with well-structured data plans. Jio is also ready to launch the Jio Happy New Year Offer, which will offer free data services to all its users till 31st March 2017.